As we begin to exit the lockdown period and return to work, the entirety of the UK workforce will navigate unprecedented challenges. Yet these challenges are far from balanced, with data from The House of Commons Library revealing that the youth unemployment rate has increased to 14.3% from 12.1%, with the number of 16-24-year-olds in employment now falling by 9%.
Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a large increase in unemployment and a large fall in employment, with data from Future Strategy Club revealing that 57% of 18-24 years old are now concerned that finding the right type of work will be even more difficult post-pandemic.
As such, many young people are now looking towards alternative ways to work post-pandemic. One option for graduates out of work is freelancing. Building a freelance career allows young people, in particular, a way to independently find their feet in the field of their choice. Freelancing also offers a continuous stream of benefits. To name a few; flexibility, freedom, greater job satisfaction, variety and ultimately, the opportunity to become your own boss.
Yet despite this, many young people may feel a full-time freelancing career is not realistic, wise, or possible. This is why the rise of co-agencies such as Future Strategy Club is essential right now, providing mentorship, guidance and a helping hand to those looking towards entrepreneurialism and are unsure where to start.
Justin Small, Founder of Future Strategy Club, offers advice for young people who are looking to build a successful freelance career straight out of university:
"At Future Strategy Club, we encourage young people to take control of their careers and challenge today’s worsening unemployment rates. Today, more young people than ever before are looking towards beginning freelance work or starting their own business. Freelancing empowers young people to gain control of their careers by becoming their own boss.
We are working to make freelancing more accessible at every stage of a career, whether that be after a long period of full-time work or straight out of university. Therefore, there are things you can do when beginning to build a freelance career.
Connect and network: Think about what you’d like to achieve through networking and then use this to consider where best you might be able to meet people who can support you in achieving those goals. As lockdown restrictions begin to lift, attend events, reach out and introduce yourself. You can also use LinkedIn to discover what people are doing, attend webinars, or reach out to someone for a virtual coffee. Profile and promote: To bring the work in, you have to make sure your clients know who you are, how you work and what you can deliver. You must share your wins and promote your content to make sure that potential clients and partners know all about what you’re capable of. Projects and freelance: Career-defining projects and contracts with real purpose allow freelancers to thrive and grow. Therefore, working with agencies such as Future Strategy can help guarantee that this will happen, meaning you will never be scrambling for the next piece of work. Develop and grow: This is something that we at The Future Strategy Club do, by supporting freelance workers to develop and grow at every stage of their career. We provide essential L&D content, coaching, mentorship and support for those first going solo and building their freelance career."